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  31 May
As Russia tensions simmer, NATO conducts massive war games
ABOARD HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH — As tensions with Russia simmer, thousands of NATO troops, several warships and dozens of aircraft are taking part in military exercises stretching across the Atlantic, through Europe and into the Black Sea region.  The war games, dubbed Steadfast Defender 21, are aimed at simulating the 30-nation military organization’s response to an attack on any one of its members.  It will test NATO’s ability to deploy troops from America and keep supply lines open.  More.....
28 May
Cerberus leading the world in safety training
The first rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) training simulator of its type in the world has been installed at Navy's premier training establishment, HMAS Cerberus.  Deputy Fleet Commander Commodore Jon Earley during his May 19 visit to Cerberus toured the newly built facilities that house the Maritime Survival Training Centre (MSTC) where the simulator is located.  More.....
27 May
Joint force hits the mark during exercise
Sailors, soldiers and aviators from the Brisbane-based Deployable Joint Forces Headquarters (DJFHQ) were put through the paces recently during Exercise Polygon Wood at Gallipoli Barracks.  The exercise tested the integrated capability of the headquarters to undertake high-intensity warfighting within the five domains of land, air, maritime, space and information/cyber. This included the complex coordination of sophisticated lethal and non-lethal effects.  More.....

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26 May
Naval Historical Society Meeting 24 May 2021
Guest speaker: CMDR Steve Cole CSM RAN.
Topic:  "Navy Environmental Management – Past and Present"
26 May
Anzac Indonesian capability showcased
A passage exercise with Indonesian Navy frigate KRI Diponegoro earlier this month gave one sailor in HMAS Anzac a chance to showcase her Bahasa Indonesia language skills.  Leading Seaman Lodia Lockhart grew up in Darwin but learnt to speak Bahasa Indonesia from her Indonesian-born mother and the strong Indonesian community in the Top End.  More.....
26 May
Parramatta joins French task group for training
HMAS Parramatta has joined French Navy Marine Nationale vessels FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf — operating as the Jeanne d’Arc Task Group — to complete a cooperative passage through the South China Sea.  The Sydney-based Anzac class frigate had recently completed the Japan-led Exercise Arc21 with Tonnerre and Surcouf also taking part.  More.....
25 May
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
On 29 May, we pause to recognise the International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers.

Australia has been involved in UN peacekeeping missions all over the world for more than 70 years, with Australian military personnel, police and civilians having served in more than 50 multinational operations.  More.....
25 May
How a dog can change a life
Koda, the first psychiatric assistance dog trained and delivered by Dogs for Life in Victoria, is helping turn her veteran’s life around.  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the Government’s Psychiatric Assistance Dog Program was changing the lives of veterans across Australia and having locally trained psychiatric assistance dogs in Victoria was a big win for veterans and their families.  More.....
25 May
Navy base tours foster international ties
Foreign military officials visited Navy establishments in April as part of an international engagement program that aims to foster ties.  This was the first tour of Defence establishments by the Service Attachés and Advisers Group (SAAG) since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The group met with key Defence leaders and toured HMA Ships Albatross, Creswell, Kuttabul, Penguin and Watson, as well as landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide alongside Fleet Base East, NSW.  More.....
24 May
HMAS Anzac returns home
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac has returned home, marking the end of an extended deployment that culminated in the ship re-tasked to support a critical search and rescue effort.  The Anzac-class frigate departed Australia with HMAS Sirius in early March for a deployment throughout South-East Asia and the Northeast Indian Ocean.  More.....
23 May
Defence declares war on political correctness, bans morning teas aimed at promoting inclusion and diversity
The military has been ordered to stop holding morning teas which celebrate diversity and inclusion, as Defence chiefs remind personnel their "primary mission" is to protect Australia.  In a directive issued on Friday, the Defence Chief and Defence Secretary told ADF members that "Defence represents the people of Australia" and that it "must at all times be focused on our primary mission to protect Australia's national security interests".  More.....
23 May
HENSOLDT Australia overhauls combat IFF system of HMAS Canberra
The first of the Navy’s IFF system’s antenna and pedestals from Canberra Class vessels has been overhauled at HENSOLDT Australia’s new overhaul facilities and workshops in Canberra.  This is the first of four antennas and pedestals that will undergo repair and deep level maintenance in Australia.  The HENSOLDT facility already supports the IFF interrogator for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) but was expanded to enable local test, overhaul and repair of this additional heavy equipment.  More.....
23 May

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's May Report - Flag K is now available to download.....
23 May

Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
May newsletter is now available to download..... 
23 May

The RUSIV Prize Essay – Australian Defence Ethics
The prize of $A2000 will be offered for the first time in 2021

Invitation to the Launch of the RUSIV Australian Defence Force Ethics Essay Competition and details of an annual endowed essay competition for individual Australian citizens on the topic of Australian Defence Ethics.  Download full details of the competition.....
22 May
NUSHIP Stalwart sails for home
The Royal Australian Navy’s second Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, NUSHIP Stalwart departed for Australia from Pier 12 in Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard on Thursday, 20 May 2021.  Stalwart will spend the next 30 days navigating world oceans before arriving at her homeport of HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia.  After her arrival in Western Australia, Stalwart will then undergo a final fit-out where the installation and testing of the combat and communications systems, as well as some logistics areas will be completed by Australian industry.  More.....
22 May
Preparations for Royal Commission move to next phase
Preparation for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has moved into the next phase.  Over the past month I have had discussions with hundreds of veterans, serving members and families across the nation.  The feedback has been extremely positive and constructive and while opinions have been incredibly diverse, we all have one common goal – to prevent suicide within the Defence and veteran communities.  More.....
23 May
We are the Royal Australian Navy
21 May
Rescued Indonesian fishermen are home
HMAS Anzac has safely returned a group of Indonesian fishermen rescued in the Indian Ocean last weekend to their home port in Bali in cooperation with the Indonesian Navy.  Anzac arrived in Indonesia early in the morning of May 21 and sailed in company with the KRI Yos Sudarso into the harbour area of Benoa outside Denpasar. A contactless transfer of the 19 fishermen was then done in conjunction with the Indonesian patrol vessel KRI Escolar.  More.....
21 May
Sydney has bridged a year
HMAS Sydney’s service to the nation began with a commissioning at sea on May 18, 2020 – the first time since World War II that a Navy warship had been welcomed to the fleet while underway.  The ship’s company this week marked the first anniversary of her commissioning with a barbecue and cake while the ship was at anchor near San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge.  More.....
21 May
U.S. 7th Fleet Denies Chinese Claim American Destroyer Was ‘Expelled’ from South China Sea Island Chain
U.S. Navy officials are denying a guided-missile destroyer conducting a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea was “expelled” from the Paracel Island Chain on Thursday.  Claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, the Paracels have been under Chinese control since the 1970s and been heavily militarized over the last decade.  Beijing requires prior permission for warships to operate with 12 nautical miles of the entire chain – a claim the U.S. contests regularly through freedom of navigation operations.  More.....
20 May
Destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur Transits Taiwan Strait, China Protests
Guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) transited the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday drawing protests from Chinese military officials.  The transit occurred, “in accordance with international law,” according to a statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.  A Chinese military spokesman said Tuesday’s transit was, “sending wrong signals to the ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, deliberately disrupting and sabotaging the regional situation and endangering peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”  More.....
20 May
International exercise a 'learning experience'
HMAS Parramatta has completed Exercise ARC21 off the coast of Japan, which included blue-water combat, amphibious and aviation training serials with partner navies.  The Japanese-led exercise involved maritime, land and air assets from Japan, France and the United States and comprised a number of anti-submarine warfare and air-defence serials, communication exercises and close in-company maneuvering between eight warships.  More.....
20 May
New reality possible for Navy training
A new augmented reality platform has the potential to take some Navy training out of the classroom and into a hands-on combined physical and augmented environment.  The technology being trialled by Navy’s Centre for Innovation (CFI) could also transform the way Navy people conduct maintenance and repair tasks.  More.....
19 May
ADF Assists Offshore Rescue Operation
19 May
'Gun buster' can tickle the ivories
When Able Seaman Xavier Riddell joined HMAS Anzac (III) in June last year, he brought with him some serious classical musical talent.  When he performed Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on piano during a port visit to Sembawang in Singapore, his shipmates quickly realised Able Seaman Riddell was not your average ‘gun buster’, as his electronics technician trade is known.  More.....
19 May
Crew giving to others on ship's birthday
The crew of HMAS Anzac (III) was giving a gift to other mariners on the 25th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning into the Navy.  Three days before the May 18 milestone, the ship’s company took on board 20 Indonesian fishermen who had been rescued in the Indian Ocean, and was partway through the voyage to return them to their home port of Bali on the anniversary.  More.....
19 May
HMAS Cerberus - MAY 2021 (Lendlease)
The Base Redevelopment Programs continues to change the landscape that is HMAS Cerberus. This video clip highlights several new buildings being constructed or refurbished.
18 May
15 NATO Ships Meet Up in the North Atlantic Ocean
Ships from U.S. Exercise Ragnar Viking met up with the ships participating in the Royal Navy’s Strike Warrior Exercise in the North Atlantic Ocean, May 17, 2021.  The exercises brought together 15 ships from four NATO countries, including the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group and the U.S. IWO Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).  More.....
18 May
BAE Systems rolls out Royal Navy’s 5th Astute-class submarine HMS Anson
HMS Anson was rolled out of her home for the past decade before being lowered into the water at BAE’s yard in Barrow during a delicate two-day operation, the Royal Navy announced.  The 7,400-tonne nuclear-powered submarine, officially named at a ceremony in December, emerged from the Devonshire Dock Hall and entered the water for the first time on April 20.  More.....
18 May
Navy Daily retires, but the story lives on
After eight years and almost 6000 stories, Navy Daily is retiring from service.  Lieutenant Commander Sarah West reports on the history of Navy’s own online news service and the Australian Defence Force’s first-ever platform for citizen journalism, and outlines the future for Navy stories.  The Royal Australian Navy is so much more than what it looks like from the outside. It’s more than an organisation - a force of ships, submarines and helicopters.  More.....
18 May
New Photos Reveal Details of Cuba’s Tiny, Lethal Attack Submarine
Like most of the Cuban military, the country’s Navy is characterized by inventive recycling of Soviet-era hardware.  Modern systems are rare, but there are systems that are unlike anything you will see in other countries’ fleets.  The Cuban fleet has fishing trawlers remodeled into warships and torpedo launching platforms that resemble party rafts.  But perhaps the most dangerous platform is Cuba’s secretive, tiny submarine.  More.....
18 May
Anzac supports rescue of Indonesian fishers
HMAS Anzac has supported the rescue of 20 Indonesian fishermen in the Indian Ocean, 670 nautical miles off the coast of Western Australia.  The crew of the fishing vessel Bandar Nelayan were picked up by the Japanese commercial fishing vessel Fukuseki Maru No. 15 following a mayday call that led to an international search effort that included Anzac.  More.....
18 May
Anzac's helicopter airlifts rescued fisherman to Perth
HMAS Anzac’s embarked MH-60R helicopter on May 15 transferred an injured Indonesian fisherman rescued in the Indian Ocean to a Perth hospital for urgent care.  The fisherman was one of 20 taken on board HMAS Anzac on Saturday afternoon following their rescue by the crew of Japanese fishing vessel Fukuseki Maru 15.  More.....
17 May
79th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemorative Ceremony
17 May
Support continues for Operation Argos
Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Ballarat has joined the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council sanctions on North Korea.  Ballarat’s support to sanctions enforcement marks the second Australian Defence Force contribution to Operation ARGOS this year.  More.....
15 May
Milestone for border security force
A joint force protecting Australia’s borders and maritime interests has marked 100 rotations.  Transit Security Element is part of the ADF’s Operation Resolute, which can at any one time include up to 600 personnel at sea, in the air or on the land.  Operation Resolute is the ADF’s contribution to Operation Sovereign Borders, Australia’s whole-of-government effort to protect Australia’s borders, combat people smuggling and prevent deaths at sea.  More.....
15 May
China sends a new naval fleet to the Gulf of Aden for escort mission
The 38th escort fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Saturday (May 15) left a military port in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province, for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali to escort civilian ships.  The fleet is composed of the guided-missile destroyer Nanjing, the missile frigate Yangzhou, and supply ship Gaoyouhu, with dozens of special operation soldiers and two helicopters on board.  More.....
15 May
Austal delivers 2 Cape-class boats to Trinidad & Tobago coast guard
The two 58 metre patrol boats, TTS Port of Spain (CG41) and TTS Scarborough (CG42) were accepted by Lieutenant Commander Francise Paulette Cazoe of the TTCG, at a delivery ceremony held at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard on 14 May, attended by Western Australia Minister for Minister for Police: Road Safety; Defence Industry; and Veterans Issues, The Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA.  More.....
14 May
HMAS Ballarat Gets A Top Up At Sea
13 May
U.S. Begins Joint Exercise in Japan with French and Australian Navies
The United States, Japan, France and Australia began their joint training exercise Jeanne D’Arc 21 in the Indo-Pacific region this week.  The ARC-21 exercise, which will take place throughout Japan from May 11 through 16, includes an initial phase of planning between the French, Japanese and U.S. personnel at Camp Ainoura, Naval Base Sasebo, in preparation for a field training exercise.  More.....
13 May
Whales found dead under Australian Navy ship at Naval Base San Diego
Two dead fin whales were dislodged from the hull of a Royal Australian Navy ship that has been conducting exercises in Southern California, authorities said.  The destroyer HMAS Sydney was pulling into a pier at Naval Base San Diego on Saturday morning when the carcasses of the two whales dislodged from the hull under the surface, the Australian Department of Defence told KSWB-TV.  More.....
13 May
HMA Ships Ballarat and Anzac conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres
13 May
Navy students connect with the land
Students from HMAS Cerberus had a lesson in Indigenous culture on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula when they visited the Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association recently.  The maritime human resources officer application course students were greeted by Peter Aldenhoven, who is the executive officer of Willum Warrain, which means ‘home by the sea’.  He conducted a smoking ceremony by burning native herbs.  More.....
13 May
Wi-Fi at sea boosts crew's morale
Back in the days of letters and stamps, a port visit for a Navy ship meant one thing above all others for the crew: mail from home.  These days, port visits provide personnel an opportunity to get a phone signal and to check in with loved ones.  However, at sea, crew members have to request a radio or telephone message through the ship’s communications centre in order to make a phone call.  More.....
12 May
Naval Historical Society of Australia - Victorian Chapter
Cordially invites you to
Our Monthly Meeting at 1900 on Monday 24 May 2021
At Waverley RSL – Sunset Room
161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley
Guest Speaker:
Commander Steve Cole CSM RAN
Navy Environmental Management – Past and Present
12 May
A helping paw
Dogs are man’s best friend – but for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they are a lifesaver and are also being given a second chance at life.  Funded by the Defence Bank Foundation, the Defence Community Dogs program has been running since 2014.  Rescue dogs are being trained by inmates in correctional centres as assistance dogs and presented to veterans at no cost.  More.....
12 May
Keeping Australia safe in a rapidly changing global environment
The Morrison Government’s 2021-22 Budget is securing Australia’s recovery with renewed commitments to help Defence keep Australians safe, while protecting our national interests in a rapidly changing global environment.  The Budget builds on the unique 10 year funding model announced by the Prime Minister in 2020. Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton said this provides Defence and Australian defence industry with the continued planning certainty required to support ongoing critical Defence capability and creating Australian jobs.  More.....
11 May
US fires warning shots at IRGCN boats in the Persian Gulf
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired two rounds of warning shots at the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast in-shore attack crafts (FIAC) after what the Pentagon described as an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter in the Strait of Hormuz.  The Iranian vessels left after 30 warning shots were fired, the Pentagon said. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby accused the Iranian boats of “acting very aggressively” near the US military vessels, which were escorting USS Georgia, a guided-missile submarine.  More.....
10 May
Austal Australia delivers 10th Guardian-class patrol boat
Austal Australia has delivered the tenth Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence, the company announced with a press release.  The vessel, the RSIPV Taro, was then gifted by the Australian Government to the Solomon Islands Government at a certificate signing ceremony held at Austal Australia’s Henderson shipyard, attended by His Excellency Mr Robert Sisilo, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia; Mr Vince Connelly MP, Federal Member for Stirling and RADM Katherine Richards, Head of Navy Engineering at the Royal Australian Navy.  More.....
09 May
Indonesian Navy Conducts PASSEX with Chinese and Indian Navies
Indonesian Navy assets conducted Passing Exercises (PASSEX) both with PLA Navy’s and Indian Navy’s assets on Saturday (May 8).  While Indonesia’s KRI Usman Harun frigate and KRI Halasan missile craft exercised with China’s Liuzhou and Suqian guided-missile frigates, KRI Sultan Hasanudin conducted an exercise with Indian Navy’s OPV INS Sharda on the same day.  More.....
09 May
USS Monterey seizes weapons in the North Arabian Sea
U.S. Fifth Fleet’s guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey has seized an illicit shipment of weapons from a stateless dhow in the international water of the North Arabian Sea.  USS Monterey discovered the illicit cargo during a routine flag verification boarding conducted in international water in accordance with customary international law.  More.....
08 May
Sydney fires up to pass test
HMAS Sydney has successfully completed her combat system sea qualification trials in the Southern Californian Exercise Area.  Sydney deployed to North America in March for five months to test her weapons and sensors, supported by US Navy weapons range analysis experts.  The tests required Sydney to track, target and engage air and surface targets.  More.....
08 May
Our May Navy Hero - Rear Admiral John Saumarez Dumaresq CB CVO RN/RAN
John Saumarez Dumaresq (1873-1922), Rear Admiral, was the first Australian-born officer to command the Australian fleet.

He was born on 26 October 1873 at Tivoli House, Rose Bay, Sydney, son of William Alexander Dumaresq, pastoralist, of Furracabad station, Glen Innes, New South Wales, and his English-born wife Edith Helen, née Gladstone. Though Dumaresq was brought up in England from the age of 2, his family ties with Australia dated from 1825 when his grandfather, William John Dumaresq had come to New South Wales with his brother-in-law Governor Darling, and established an estate near Scone and large pastoral runs in the New England district.

On 15 July 1886 Dumaresq entered the Royal Navy as a cadet in HMS Britannia; he was commissioned Lieutenant on 28 August 1894 and after a period at sea with the Channel Fleet began to specialize in torpedo work. Promoted Commander in 1904, he was attached to the Admiralty to supervise the equipment of torpedo vessels. By then he was recognized as one of the navy's most innovative officers and he devoted much of his time to the science of naval warfare.

Switching his experiments from torpedoes to gun-room control, he invented a calculating instrument by which the rate of movement of enemy warships could be determined within seconds; this range-finder, named the Dumaresq by a grateful Admiralty, gave naval gunnery an unprecedented accuracy.
Read his full story in our Hero section:
08 May
Project 885M (Yasen M) Class Submarine “Kazan” joins Russian Navy
The Russian Navy has commissioned Project 885M Yasen M Class submarine, Kazan, on May 7 with a ceremony held at Sevmash Shipyard on the White Sea in northwest Russia.  Construction work on the submarine had started in 2009 and, after much delay, it had finally been launched in March 2017.  The boat began its sea trials on September 25, 2018.  During its sea trials, the submarine has successfully test-fired Kalibr and Onyx missiles.  More.....
07 May
China military watch
There’s rising concern about the prospect of a major military crisis erupting across the Taiwan Strait as a result of China’s intention to force Taiwan to unify with the mainland.  President Xi Jinping suggested in early 2019 that China must be and will be reunified, and noted, ‘It is a historical conclusion drawn over the 70 years of the development of cross-Strait relations, and a must for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era.’  He went on to say, ‘We make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means.’  More.....
07 May
Chinese Shandong aircraft carrier group holds drills in the South China Sea
An aircraft carrier battle group headed by the Chinese naval aircraft carrier Shandong conducted training in relevant waters of the South China Sea last week.  The spokesperson said that it was a routine training exercise within the annual work plan of the PLA Navy and completely legitimate.  The maritime training was conducive to improving the ability to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and to maintaining regional peace and stability, Gao outlined.  More.....
07 May
Families back on deck at parade
For the first time in more than 12 months, family and friends of Navy recruits were able to attend a graduation parade in person at HMAS Cerberus.  The 128 sailors in General Entry Class 388 Emms Division graduated on April 30 after completing their 11-week initial training.  Emms Division is named in honour of Leading Seaman Francis Bassett ‘Dick’ Emms, who was posthumously mentioned in dispatches for courage and devotion to duty in HMAS Kara Kara during an air raid on Darwin on February 19, 1942.  More.....
06 May
Soundwave concerts are back
Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne is delighted to announce that our monthly ‘Soundwaves’ concert will be returning in May 2021.
After an extended pause, the band is thrilled to be back on stage and performing for live audiences once again. The ensembles have been busy rehearsing and preparing some exciting new repertoire, and are looking forward to sharing it with you at the first 'Soundwaves' for 2021.
If you would like to join us for this very special performance we now have a new ticketing system for seat allocation. Seats are limited so to ensure you don't miss out on this special event, please reserve your seats in advance. Once your booking is received you will be sent a follow-up email, including:
• Booking confirmation
• Base entry procedures
• Parking details and any relevant COVID safety requirements and information.
When booking please include your full name, phone number and email address.
For bookings please contact:
Able Seaman Francis Piccin
Phone: 03 5931 8790
Concert times:
Matinee performance- Wednesday 19 May at 2:00 pm
Evening performance- Wednesday 19 May at 7:00 pm
06 May
 Recruits and competition winners tour naval base in WA
Instead of just thinking about a career change, 44 potential new submariners have seized the opportunity to learn more about what a career in the Navy is all about.

This number included 12 winners of the National Submarine Competition and Tour, representing each state and territory, who joined submariner candidates in the recruiting pipeline to embark on a tour of naval base HMAS Stirling in Rockingham, WA, between April 14-16.
06 May
New Zealand Navy will join UK Carrier Strike Group 21 on tour through East Asia
New Zealand Navy will join the United Kingdom’s Carrier Strike Group in a tour of the Indo-Pacific, including passing through the contested South China Sea, New Zealand Defence Minister says.  Defence Minister Peeni Henare said it was his expectation that New Zealand would “most definitely” join the carrier group in its travels through the Pacific and East Asia. New Zealand may join the flotilla in visits to Japan and South Korea.  More.....
05 May
CNO Hosts First Sea Lord for Counterpart Visit
U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted U.K. First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Tony Radakin for a formal counterpart visit May 4-5, in Washington, D.C.  During the two-day visit that included a full honors ceremony and discussions between the U.K. delegation and senior U.S. Navy leadership, the two heads of Navy focused on expanding and strengthening maritime security efforts together.  More.....
05 May
Ballarat gets a top up while at sea
HMA Ships Ballarat and Sirius have conducted a replenishment at sea in the Karimata Strait after providing support to the Indonesian Navy in the search for the submarine KRI Nanggala.

Commanding Officer Ballarat Commander Antony Pisani said the chance to take on fuel from Sirius was a welcomed by the two Western Australian-based ships, particularly as they are on separate deployments across the region.
04 May
Somebody might hear us: the future of secure communications
by Andrew Davies
I was pleased to become involved when ASPI was asked to run a workshop on secure communication technologies late last year.  It’s been a long time since I was in the world of signals intelligence and I hadn’t kept up with technological developments.  This was a good chance to catch up, and you can read a summary of my findings in my new ASPI report.  More.....
03 May
Marine F-35Bs Land Aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth for Strike Warrior Exercise, Deployment
The Marine fighter squadron that will be part of the largest F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter deployment to date landed aboard the U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on Sunday, the U.S. Marine Corps announced.  The 10 jets from the “Wake Island Avengers” of U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 flew to Royal Air Force Lakenheath from their home base of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., last week ahead of embarking Queen Elizabeth. Now aboard, the Marines will pair with eight jets from the Royal Air Force’s 617 Squadron, “The Dambusters.”  More.....
03 May
'Cool' job offers variety
When Able Seaman Deneki Stewart spotted a job advertisement for a Navy hydrographic systems operator, she thought it sounded ‘cool’.  Now she is travelling to remote islands and assisting Navy in humanitarian assistance disaster responses in the job.  Able Seaman Stewart grew up in the coastal South Australian town of Streaky Bay on the Western Eyre Peninsula. In her youth, she spent time exploring the coastlines and swimming off the local jetty.  More.....
03 May
French rendezvous for Anzac and Sirius
Naval Task Groups from Australia and France have conducted a bilateral transit in the South China Sea, carrying out a series of training exercises along the way.  The Australian Task Group, comprising the frigate HMAS Anzac and auxiliary oiler HMAS Sirius, was joined by the French Navy’s Jeanne d'Arc Task Group, comprised of the amphibious assault ship FS Tonnerre and the La Fayette-class frigate FS Surcouf.  More.....
01 May
Crew from HMAS Sheean meet students at Sheean relatives' school
Crew from HMAS Sheean dropped in to meet with students at Sassafrass Primary School, near Devonport, Tasmania. The school is where Edward "Teddy" Sheean's great, great niece and nephew, Bella and Andrew attend.

01 May
China sends rescue ships to help recover KRI Nanggala 402
China is sending rescue vessels to help retrieve the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala that sunk with the loss of all 53 crew members.  Ren Guoqiang, a spokesman for the Chinese defence ministry, said on Friday (Apr.30) that the ships had been sent upon the invitation of the Indonesian government and they were heading for the Lombok Strait to help recover the KRI Nanggala 402, which went missing last Wednesday when taking part in a torpedo drill.  More.....
01 May
Tech paves way for future anti-mine capabilities
The RAN could soon use remote autonomous systems to jam mine explosives under a new program being explored through industry providers.  The Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Group, based at HMAS Waterhen in NSW, recently participated in a demonstration of a programmable micro-influence generator (MIG), used as part of autonomous mine countermeasures.  More.....
01 May
A periodical of the Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.
01 May
Grants help Defence families to thrive
AUSTRALIAN Defence Force (ADF) families will benefit from more than $1.4 million in grants provided to organisations across the nation as part of the Family Support Funding Program.  Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the program provided vital funding that allowed community organisations to deliver support and services of value to Defence families and strengthen relationships with the Defence community.  More.....
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At present the Shrine of Remembrance is closed, but ceremonies are still being conducted and they are live streamed on the Shrine's Facebook page.

28 May – Recruit School graduation

30 May - Cranbourne Lions Concert Band Festival – RAN Band - TBC

31 May – Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance service

13 Jun – ‘N’ Class destroyers service

16 Jun – Soundwaves concert TBC

20 Jun – Mooroolbark concert – RAN Big Band - TBC

25 Jun – Recruit School graduation

28 Jun – Naval Historical Society meeting

30 Jun – HMAS Waterhen commemorative service

04 Jul – Reserve Forces day

06 Jul – FESR Commemorative service

14 Jul – Soundwaves concert

23 Jul – Recruit School Graduation

26 Jul – Naval Historical Society meeting

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